Nicky Hayden 'extremely critical' after cycling accident

The smashed window of the car that hit Nicky Hayden

"Emergency services were immediately called to the scene and Hayden was transported to local hospital".

Former MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden has suffered severe brain damage and his condition is "extremely critical" after being hit by a auto while cycling in eastern Italy, the American's Honda World Superbike team said.

Since the accident, Hayden's girlfriend Jackie and several members of the Honda World Superbike team that he now races for have been with him too. "The prognosis remains reserved".

Former MotoGP world champion Nicky Hayden is in a "extremely critical" condition in intensive care after a cycling accident in Italy.

He was stabilised at a nearby hospital before he was transferred to Maurizio Bufailini Hospital in Cesena.

Another channel said hat he has been placed under the medically induced coma.

"Nicky often visits Motor Ranch, where I'm always amazed to see him act, and try to share secrets, and fight together, because he is one of the fastest flat-trackers in the world, and before racing on the asphalt he won the most American Flat Track race Prestigious as Peoria TT", Rossi said.

He has been joined by his fiancée Jackie as well as his brother Tommy and mother Rose who arrived from the U.S. Thursday.

Members of Nicky's team and his fiancé are with him in the hospital.

"Following the incident, Nicky was treated on site by medical staff and then taken by ambulance to a hospital near Rimini for immediate treatment".

Italian great Valentino Rossi, hailed his former team mate as "one of the best friends I have had in the paddock".

Rossi, a team-mate of Hayden's when they rode for both Repsol Honda and later Ducati, added: "The most attractive thing I have about him is when he gave his hand to me after the unlucky race of Valencia 2015, on the lap of honour".

"Forza Nicky, we're all with you".

Nine-time world champion Rossi took time out from preparing for this weekend's French MotoGP at Le Mans to pay tribute to Hayden.

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